Personal Development & Human Behavior


Our 'Favorite' Business Books of 2012

By Sally Haldorson, published December 28, 2012, at 5:53 PM in News & Opinion

Last week, we released our picks for the Best Business Book of 2012 as well as the eight category winners. Following in the footsteps of the New York Times, if we may, who asked a few of their esteemed book reviewers to reveal a list of their favorite books of 2012 ("Favorite is not synonymous with best, so this process can be painful. Brutal honesty is required.

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The Elite Eight: Our Picks for the Top Business Books of 2012

By Sally Haldorson, published December 18, 2012, at 6:40 PM in News & Opinion

In anticipation of announcing the winner of the 2012 800-CEO-READ Business Book of the Year tomorrow, here's a recap of the category winners. Click on the links below to read more about these top books of 2012. Which book is *your* pick for the top book of the year?


Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder

By Sally Haldorson, published November 13, 2012, at 7:55 PM in News & Opinion

This morning I perused the Amazon Top 100 for 2012. A few of our favorite books that made the top 20: Nate Silver's The Signal and the Noise; Charles Duhigg's The Power of Habit (our JCS review here); and Susan Cain's Quiet (our take here. ) Rounding out the top 40 is a book that's been sitting on my desk for awhile, daring me to crack it open: Nassim Nicolas Taleb's Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder.

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Stephen R. Covey, 1932 - 2012

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 16, 2012, at 11:22 PM in News & Opinion

Stephen Covey's seminal book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, changed the business book landscape. It was a book that introduced us to the concept of paradigm shifts in our lives, and it shifted the paradigm of the entire industry. It has been translated into almost 40 languages and sold more than 25 million copies worldwide.

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By 800-CEO-READ, published May 21, 2012, at 8:34 PM in Staff Picks

We're very pleased to announce the official opening of KnowledgeBlocks, a subscription-based service and online resource that gives readers access to quality content and business resources, a way to save, organize, and customize the information that is important to them, and engages business authors and thought leaders to help solve business problems and build new knowledge. Among the key features of the site, subscribers have access to the following: Explorations: Every month we publish three business book explorations that examine a narrow subject within a broader business topic. Each begins with a featured book and then branches out in unexpected directions, introducing you to author insights via podcast or interview, other related must-reads, curated links, and brief analyses that will help you build your business knowledge.


168 Hours and All the Money in the World

By 800-CEO-READ, published March 6, 2012, at 4:09 AM in News & Opinion

Robert Benchley’s Law of Distinction states that “There are two kinds of people in the world: those who believe there are two kinds of people in the world, and those who don’t. ” If that statement made any logical sense, I would count myself among the latter. Yet I do think it's a rare mind that is both expansive and practical at the same time, and that is what makes Laura Vanderkam so special.


A (Quiet) Room of One's Own

By Sally Haldorson, published February 16, 2012, at 7:12 PM in Staff Picks

In a 1929 essay, Virginia Woolf wrote that "a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction. " There has been much literary analysis (and some criticism) of this assertion, and, over time it seems her call has been taken up by proponents of nearly every minority facing systemic repression, but in the context of the time, Woolf was being quite literal and pragmatic. Women rarely had space to call their own in which to do their own work.

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A Guest Post from Pinkett and Robinson

By 800-CEO-READ, published November 18, 2010, at 6:34 PM in Excerpts

Randall Pinkett was the winner of season four of The Apprentice, and the show's first minority winner. Rather awkwardly, after he was "hired," he was also the only winner ever asked by "The Donald" to share his victory with the runner-up. Not a fan of the show, I didn't know of those events until I picked up Dr.

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Where Do You Want to Go?

By 800-CEO-READ, published November 17, 2010, at 2:54 AM in News & Opinion

Maybe you don't really know. You feel stuck in a rut. Maybe, like I did, you just want to get away.

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Working For You Isn't Working For Me Q&A

By 800-CEO-READ, published October 13, 2009, at 2:18 PM in News & Opinion

Katherine Crowley and Kathi Elster have spent years analyzing the effects of poor management, or to put it bluntly, working with a nutcase boss. Some people react by quitting, others give in and live miserably for years, but as the authors point out, there are much better ways to handle the situation. This insight is detailed in their new book, Working For You Isn't Working For Me: The Ultimate Guide to Managing Your Boss.


What's Your Next Move?

By 800-CEO-READ, published October 7, 2009, at 3:05 PM in News & Opinion

Whether you're going for that promotion, looking to jump ship, or change careers entirely, Michael Watkins' Your Next Move is a book you'll want to read. Any career change is a major event, and this is the kind of book that will prepare you for any kind of move, from dealing with exiting techniques, to international moves, to turnarounds, to working with new groups of people (who may, in fact, be ex-peers you are now supervising). This is a well-written, personal, and to-the-point guide that covers a lot of ground in a short time.


Butterfly in the Sky...

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 28, 2009, at 3:01 PM in News & Opinion

When Geordi La Forge left his career as helmsman and chief engineer of the starship Enterprise , he found a new calling—as a champion of literacy to Earth's children. Known to us as LeVar Burton, he took the helm of Reading Rainbow in 1983. (I know the television sequence of events runs backwards here, The Next Generation not premiering until 1987 and all, but the man was a chief engineer.